Namavundu Primary School

School Motto:  The fear of the Lord is wisdom

School Mission: To promote morally upright pupils with basic education.

Namavundu Primary School is situated in a remote and particularly poor part of Namayingo District. In 2005 the school was little more than a grass thatched hut in which around 200 children had their lessons sitting on the dusty ground, or under the shade of a nearby tree. The majority of the children suffered from the parasite jiggers which makes them feel ill and require expensive drugs.  As a result of the poor conditions, most parents were not sending their children to school.

In 2006 and 2008 The Jephcott Charitable Trust gave two large donations which supported the various projects as listed below. 

Completed Projects have included:

  • Construction of 4 new classrooms plus office, staffroom and store - 2006
  • Construction of 3 new teachers’ houses - 2006
  • Provision of 1 x crest 10,000 litre water tank – 2006
  • Provision of 100 x 3-seater desks - 2006
  • Construction of 8 x latrines - 2006
  • Construction of 3 new classrooms – 2008
  • Construction of 3 new teachers’ houses – 2008
  • Provision of 1 x crest 10,000 litre water tank - 2008
  • Provision of 30 x 3-seater desks – 2008
  • Textbooks - 2008
  • basic sports equipment and musical instruments
  • Football kit – 2009
  • Purchase of ¾ acre of land

This investment has transformed the school. For the first time, all children have their lessons sitting at a desk in a classroom, and the school has been able to recruit and retain good quality teachers. As a result, academic standards are rising.  The school’s enrolment has more than tripled, as parents who previously refused to send their children to school, are now doing so. Those children currently at the school are the first generation of children from Namavundu village who will have a basic education.

Our thanks go to The Lowther Endowed Primary School, in Penrith, which donated 100 new textbooks and some football kits – see photo to the right.  A smart football kit helps the entire community feel very proud of their school and encourages more children to attend the school, whilst also promoting sport.

Mr Samuel Kyana, the past head teacher, achieved an award for “Excellence in Education” in February 2009 during the time when he was The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund’s project manager.

In 2012 he was replaced by Christopher Baleero and we have been watching the school to ensure that he has the support of the community.  We now believe that it is time to support this school again, in order that the good academic results that Christopher has achieved can be continued.


Head Teacher:  Mr Christopher Baleero

Number of Pupils in June 2014: 643